Leafs Select Verhaeghe in 3rd Round

Justin Fisher
June 30 2013 08:17PM

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(Photo: www.niagaraicedogs.net) 

With their third round pick, 82nd overall, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Niagara Ice Dogs centre Carter Verhaeghe.

Known for his two-way play and penalty killing abilities, Verhaeghe scored 18 goals and 26 assists in 67 games this season, and won a gold medal with Canada's U18 World Championship squad (where he played with Toronto's first rounder Frederik Gauthier).

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Leafs Play it Safe with Gauthier Pick

Justin Fisher
June 30 2013 06:47PM

With the 21st overall pick, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected the Rimouski Oceanic's Frederik Gauthier, a hulking centre with high-end defensive skills.

To be honest, it's a little underwhelming.

One can't be too upset with the Gauthier selection. It's not often a team has the opportunity to add a 6'5, 214lb shutdown centre to their stable. If anything, criticism of the pick is rooted in the notion that the Leafs played it too safe. Gauthier appeared in 62 games this past season, scoring 22 goals and 38 assists for 60 points. Not a bad stat line, but not indicative of a future point-producing juggernaut.

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Leafs Draft Preview: A Note on Goalers

Justin Fisher
June 30 2013 09:30AM

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Mississauga's Spencer Martin (Photo: www.mississaugasteelheads.com)

Ahead of this afternoon's draft, we've been looking at some of the players that may be possible first round draft targets for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Not one of them a goaltender.

There's several good reasons for this. Most significantly, there's only a goaltender or two expected to go in the first round. Then there's the fact that during Dave Morrison's tenure as top scout, the Leafs have drafted only three goaltenders in seven drafts. 

Still, who's to say a goalie isn't 21st on the Leafs' draft rankings? Or 10th? Or 1st? (I mean really, would you put something that silly past them?) 

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Leafs Draft Preview: All the D

Justin Fisher
June 29 2013 09:27AM

Madison Bowey and Joshua Morrisey (Photo: www.raiderhockey.com)
Madison Bowey & Joshua Morrissey (Photo: www.raiderhockey.com)
If teams drafted for need, this article would have never been written. Just last year, Toronto used the fifth overall pick on future repeat Norris winner Morgan Rielly, building upon an already impressive group of defensive prospects including Jesse Blacker, Stuart Percy, Matt Finn, and Petter Granberg.
Luckily for me, it's generally considered best practice to draft for best player available. And by the time the 21st pick comes up, it's entirely possible that the Leafs' best player available is a blueliner.
Here's a few defencemen that could be pulling a Leafs jersey over their head on Sunday afternoon...

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Leafs Draft Preview: Forward Thinking

Justin Fisher
June 28 2013 08:08AM

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On Tuesday, we took a look at Dave Morrison's draft record in hopes of finding some pattern that might help us identify some potential draft targets in this coming Sunday's NHL Entry Draft. While we were able to see the Leafs favour North American players, little else could be pulled from the numbers.

Morrison has selected three forwards and three defencemen with six first round picks in the past seven drafts. Goalies have been snubbed, which many would argue is a good thing. In fact, Morrison has only drafted three goaltenders in the past seven years, with the highest drafted being a 4th rounder (James Reimer, 2006).

Today, we'll take a look at the forwards who the Leafs might find attractive at 21st overall... 

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